Chicago Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur isn’t even on the team’s roster, but his presence has apparently been a very helpful one for multiple members of the team during the postseason.
On Wednesday, first baseman Anthony Rizzo borrowed one of Szczur’s bats and broke out of his hitting slump in a big way, slugging a home run as the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 for a Game 4 triumph.
His generosity apparently applied to other items as well, as he lent a pair of his leggings to shortstop Addison Russell before Game 4. The spandex apparently had some magic in it, because Russell hit a home run on Wednesday and hit another one in Thursday’s Game 5 victory that left the Cubs just one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1945.
“People broke out of their slumps and it just so happened to be with my stuff,” Szczur told reporters on Thursday. “I feel like a lot of things happen for a reason.”
Perhaps Szczur could lend some of his gear to Jason Heyward, who continued to struggle at the plate in the Game 5 victory. An extra bat, perhaps? Or his batting gloves?